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Ward, Cody Ryan

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November 4, 1982 - May 1, 2018

Ward, Cody Ryan

Cody Ryan Ward came into this world on November 4, 1982 and departed on May 1, 2018.  He is survived by his parents, Karen Jones and Mark and Barbara Ward, Grandmother, Alice Brooks, along with sisters, Katie Shuford, Amanda Ward, Danette McGuire and Jessica McElwee.  He is also survived by brothers, Randy and Bradley White, brother in laws, Heath Shuford and Matt McElwee and many nieces, nephews and cherished friends.

Cody was a graduate of the University of North Texas.   He worked at various optical stores as an Optician and also spent time working for the Counsel on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

From a young age, Cody always stood up for the little guys and the downtrodden.  He always had a passion for helping others who were less fortunate than himself and always went out of his way to make others feel accepted regardless of their differences.   One of his favorite charities was The Trevor Project, an organization that helps gay youth face many of the common challenges related to coming out to family, friends and the community.  In lieu of flowers,  Cody would have  appreciated donations be made at!/donation/checkout.

Cody was an organ donor and he wished to cremated.  We will be having a celebration of his life on June 2, 2018 from 5:00-8:00P.M.  All are welcome to spend time reminiscing with friends and family.

4015 Latham Dr.
Plano, Texas 75023
For any questions call or text Karen Jones 972-213-5514.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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Sarah Decuir Eibel

June 02, 2018 1:35PM

I was very sad to hear of Cody’s passing and wanted to send my prayers and condolences to his family. I was on the school newspaper staff at Brookhaven with Cody way back in 2001. He was a very sweet, smart and witty guy and I really enjoyed working/ studying with him. I know he will be missed 😢

Ty Jaquez

May 13, 2018 9:23PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Cody was such a funny guy and was always smiling! He will be missed greatly. Thoughts with you and your family.

Mikki and Vikki Rowan

May 10, 2018 9:00PM

Mark and family we are so very sorry for the loss of Cody. While we didn't know Cody very well it hurts our hearts to know you are hurting and that another part of our family has gone way too soon. Our prayers are with you.

Heath Roberg

May 09, 2018 5:22PM

I am speechless to say the least. I am honored to have had the privilege to know this man. I was extremely grateful to have the chance to help him and his dog have a better relationship. May God Bless him and his family. Until we meet again!

Carmen Nims

May 06, 2018 8:17PM

I’m sorry Ward family for your loss I know the pain you are going through. I will miss u Cody your posts on Facebook were the best I met u along time ago when I hungout at Amanda’s you were truely a wonderful person rest easy.

Tammy Shaw

May 06, 2018 6:00PM

During times as this there are no words to comfort nor heal a broken heart. My prayer is that your precious memories of happy times filled with love & laughter brings a smile to your face & warmth in your heart.
Love & (((hugs)))
Tammy Shaw

Bill Kersey

May 06, 2018 8:14AM

My hugs and prayers to you all. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. May you be comforted by by the outpouring of love surrounding you and Cody. Words cannot even begin to express my sorrow to all who love and know Cody. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort. All my love.

Susan Maki

May 06, 2018 6:55AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Cody and I went to Cosmotology school together. What a sweet guy. He will be missed.

Susan Maki

May 06, 2018 6:55AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Cody and I went to Cosmotology school together. What a sweet guy. He will be missed.